|Affiliation||ARISF, IWGA, GAISF|
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, Colorado, |
|Vice president(s)||Steve Stenersen|
|(founded)||IFWLA (1972) |
World Lacrosse (WL), formerly the Federation of International Lacrosse, is the international governing body of lacrosse, responsible for the men's, women's, and indoor versions of the sport. It was established in 2008 by the merger of the previously separate men's and women's international lacrosse associations. Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.
World Lacrosse has 77 members. It is the only international sport organization to recognize First Nations bands and Native American tribes as sovereign nations. The Iroquois Nationals (men) and the Haudenosaunee Nationals (women) of the First Nations Lacrosse Association represent the Haudenosaunee people of New York and Ontario.
World Lacrosse was given provisional recognition status by the International Olympic Committee in November 2018. In May 2019, the Federation of International Lacrosse launched a rebrand and changed its name to World Lacrosse.
In March 2022, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian teams, athletes, and officials were suspended from participation in World Lacrosse events and qualifiers, and it was decided that no World Lacrosse or European Lacrosse Federation events would be held in Russia.
World Lacrosse organizes the World Lacrosse Championship, the Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women, and the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
|Argentina||Argentina Lacrosse Association|
|Australia||Australian Lacrosse Association|
|Austria||Austrian Lacrosse Association|
|Belgium||Belgian Lacrosse Federation|
|Bermuda||Bermuda Lacrosse Association|
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation|
|Cambodia||Cambodian Lacrosse Association|
|Canada||Canadian Lacrosse Association|
|China||China Lacrosse Association|
|Costa Rica||Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation|
|Croatia||Croatian Lacrosse Association|
|Czech Republic||Czech Lacrosse Union|
|Denmark||Danish Lacrosse Federation|
|Dominican Republic||Dominican Republic Lacrosse|
|Ecuador||Ecuadorian Lacrosse Association|
|Finland||Finnish Lacrosse Association|
|France||French Lacrosse Association|
|Germany||German Lacrosse Association|
|Haiti||Haitian Federation of Lacrosse|
|Haudenosaunee||First Nations Lacrosse Association|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Lacrosse Association|
|India||Indian Lacrosse Association|
|Indonesia||Indonesian Lacrosse Association|
|Italy||Italian Lacrosse Federation|
|Jamaica||Jamaica Lacrosse Association|
|Japan||Japan Lacrosse Association|
|Kenya||Kenya Lacrosse Association|
|Latvia||Latvia Lacrosse Federation|
|Luxembourg||Luxembourg Lacrosse Federation|
|Malaysia||Malaysia Lacrosse Association|
|Mexico||Mexican Lacrosse Federation|
|Netherlands||Dutch Lacrosse Association|
|New Zealand||New Zealand Amateur Lacrosse Union|
|Nicaragua||Nicaraguan Lacrosse Association|
|Nigeria||Nigerian Lacrosse Association|
|Norway||Norwegian Federation of American Sports|
|Peru||Peruvian Lacrosse Association|
|Philippines||Philippines Lacrosse Association|
|Poland||Polish Lacrosse Federation|
|Portugal||Portuguese Lacrosse Association|
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Lacrosse|
|Qatar||Qatar Lacrosse Association|
|Rwanda||Rwandan Lacrosse Association|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabian Lacrosse Association|
|Serbia||Serbian Lacrosse Federation|
|Singapore||Lacrosse Association of Singapore|
|Slovakia||Slovak Lacrosse Federation|
|South Africa||South African Lacrosse Association|
|South Korea||Korea Lacrosse Association|
|Spain||Spanish Lacrosse Association|
|Switzerland||Swiss Lacrosse Federation|
|Chinese Taipei||Chinese Taipei Lacrosse Association|
|Thailand||Thailand Lacrosse Association|
|Turkey||Turkish Lacrosse Association|
|Ukraine||Ukrainian Lacrosse Association|
|United States||USA Lacrosse|
|United States Virgin Islands||U.S. Virgin Islands Lacrosse Association|
|Vietnam||Vietnamese Lacrosse Association|
|Wales||Welsh Lacrosse Association|
- African Association of Lacrosse
- Asia Pacific Lacrosse Union
- European Lacrosse Federation
- Pan American Lacrosse Association
International Lacrosse Federation
The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) was founded in 1974 to promote and develop men's lacrosse throughout the world. Before 2008, the international governing bodies for men's and women's lacrosse were separate, which was one of the obstacles of lacrosse one day becoming an Olympic sport. In August 2008 in Lahti, Finland, the ILF and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations merged to become the Federation of International Lacrosse.
ILF Founders: Thomas Hayes (USA) Don Hobbs (Australia) Laurie Turnbull (Australia) Nigel Wade (England)
The ILF conducted the World Lacrosse Championship, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and the men’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, all of which were taken over by the FIL.
The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop women's lacrosse throughout the world. It wound up its affairs in August 2008 when it agreed to merge with the ILF to form the Federation of International Lacrosse.
Promoting all levels of lacrosse included IFWLA sponsorship of the Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the Women’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, tournaments taken over by the FIL.
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